The risk factors for pancreatic cancer include:
⦿ Age: Pancreatic cancer is most common in people over the age of 65.
⦿ Smoking: Smoking is the leading risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
⦿ Obesity: People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
⦿ Diabetes: People with diabetes have an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
⦿ Family history: People with a family history of pancreatic cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease.
Pancreas cancer is staged with the help of CECT Abdomen. The surgeon may ask for a CT Angiography to look for vascular involvement. In certain clinical scenarios, the surgeon may choose for PET-CT Scan which will scan entire body for tumour evidence. Blood CA 19-9 levels is a helpful marker in a non-jaundiced patient.
Effective for localized cancer, not spread to other organs.
Uses drugs to kill cancer cells, used before or after surgery or as the primary treatment.
Kills cancer cells with high-energy rays, used sometimes before or after surgery or as the main treatment when the patient is unfit for an operation.
Targets specific molecules in cancer cell growth, often combined with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Used in advanced disease.
For advanced pancreatic cancer.